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The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  574 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and three time #1 New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi has written the most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking book of his storied career.In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murde ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Vanguard Press (first published January 20th 2008)
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Eric
i am reading this book in short bursts. i have to put it down for a day or two after reading a portion, because i am afraid it will induce a rage-fueled coronary.

how fucking blind are we as a nation? when you sit back, in hindsight, and take in the narrative of the lead-up to the war in iraq, with all the facts in front of you, it is truly amazing the jumbo-sized okeydoke that was pulled on the american people.

the book so far is maddening, sickening, and engrossing. i only wish that more people
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L
This is an interesting book, but ultimately diappointing. It contains no real surprises, in terms of the lies and rush to war, but it's useful to have all of that documented in one place. Bugliosi's hatred for Bush is visceral and his arguments that Bush is amazingly lazy, with no love for his country or concern or her people are certainly persuasive. At the same time, though, in the midst of documenting Bush's lies & disrespect for us, lies that Congress fell for, Bugliosi also refers to th ...more
Michael
Is it a rant? Yes, in places.
Is he correct? Yes, he is!
Rachel
I used to think George Bush was a sociopath....after reading this book I am convinced he is a true psychopath. Vincent Bugliosi manages to make what could be a law textbook, a genuine page turner; laying out in detail the numerous ways Bush could be tried for murder with arguments hard to argue with.
Carla Gabriel
Excellent assessment of Bush's tenacious rush to go to war. Not much new information if you are a political junkie like me, but I promise you will be furious at the insight of this petty, demented man who is leader of the free world.
Justin
For obvious reasons, I was intrigued by the title of this book, but it's a bit of a letdown. I think Bugliosi needed a better editor as the book is about twice as long as it should be. The crux of the argument declared by the title - that it's possible to prosecute a president for lying to the American public - is laid out pretty early in the book. And once you've gone there, what more is there to say? But for whatever reason, the book goes on for another 100-150 pages during the cohesiveness of ...more
Paul Toth
Well, I read as much as I needed to read, which wasn't much. I avoid preaching-to-the-choir books; that's for weak minds, like Ann Coulter fans, so certain of their own beliefs that they need to be told what their "thoughts" are. I had believed Bugliosi to be conservative-minded. A conservative arguing that Bush should be tried for murder would be something. Alas, I was mistaken. This book will convince only the convinced.

I already know GWB has more innocent blood on his hands than Pilate and mo
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Tom
A fascinating and infuriating diatribe against the Bush administration and GWB in particular by a career prosecutor (Bugliosi tried and won the Manson murder trial among others). Its overwritten, needs an editor and gets tiring, but is a well organized review of how Bush and his cronies literally manufactured lies to get us into the Iraq war, and remain blissfully unaffected by the death and suffering that has resulted. He makes a reasonable case for the prospect that Bush could indeed be tried ...more
Sharon
I struggled with how to rate this book; famed prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi lays out his arguments in a convincing and logical fashion, and his evidence is spot-on. In the end, I admit that I took off a star for some of his editorializing; despite the fact that I agreed with his comments much of the time, I found them out of place in an otherwise objective and fact-based book.

Bugliosi examines both the rule of law and and the many ways in which laws were violated by George W. Bush and his administ
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Josh
Wow... and people thought I hated the president.

This book, is well, it's something else all right. Since my first reading of To Kill a Mockingbird last month, I've been considering law school. Yes, yes, I know. But this book made me want to do it. The case is clearly laid out that according to legal precedent, George W. Bush is legally responsible for the violent deaths of over 4,000 Americans and that any prosecutor in the country would be within their jurisdiction to bring him up on charges on
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Barbara Oneto
Vincent Bugliosi has an exceptional talent in seeing the truth without being distracted. Anyone who still doesn't understand why some of us despise George w. Bush need only read Part I to learn why he and his adminstration are such a disgrace.

In Part II, veteran prosecutor Bugliosi makes the specific legal case for the potential prosecution of the former president for murder. He demonstrates why and how both federal and state courts have jurisdiction, and reminds us that there is no statute of
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Kevin
Oct 09, 2008 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, especially blind W fans
60 pages in: WOW - better hang on for this one! Compelling stuff; do I think it well ever happen? I'm too cynical to believe that it would. Would I rejoice? Picture me with a bowl of popcorn glued to the idiot box tuned to CNN.

Just finished this last night. What an eye-opener! If Bugliosi wasn't a respected and successful prosecutor, I would be less apt to pay this any mind. I've never been a fan of G.W. (call me crazy, but I think that the leader of our country should, at the very least, be abl
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Gus Sanchez
Not that that sonofabitch W would ever be sent to trial, but famed prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi presents a compelling argument for bringing murder charges against George W. Bush.

Bugliosi steers clear (at times) from partisan rhetoric, and presents ample evidence for bringing about charges of murder against Bush in a criminal setting. Though there's a lot of data and documentation to sift through, Bugliosi's case is compelling. Even if it's about as likely as you and I becoming billionaires.
Alex
My only complaint is that Bugliosi made several arguments referencing the general downturn of the USA culture in a "these kids today" way...like how there was a rap song that won Best Song Oscar a few years ago. He goes on to say something to the effect of: come on people, rap isn't even music! Regardless of what you think of rap, or how dough faced you think Karl Rove looks, it doesn't add to the otherwise devastating case he makes against GWB.
Roger Cottrell
Sadly, this is a book that should have been published when Bush was still in office, had just stole the election in Florida and was cynically exploiting 9/11 to pursue an established agenda of Imperialist decline while wrecking the economy at home. The big question now, how long will the Reagan-Bush-W. Bush legacy cast its shadow over subsequent administrations, bearing in mind that Margaret Thatcher is still effectively in office?
Mike Hughes
Although pretty much a rehash of things I already knew, Bugliosi lays out a pretty compelling and logical case for the prosecution of our current president. It details all of Bush's lies and ignoring of truth while taking us into Iraq, which, of course, has led to the death of thousands of people.
Angrywhiteboyclothing
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe if the average person wasn't so consumed by nonsense and would READ A DAMN book, then maybe... just MAYBE things would be different in this once great country.
Lonni
Jul 04, 2012 Lonni rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lonni by: Bill Weir
Read for OLLI - interesting concept but very left wing! Charles Manson prosecutor author. Too much emotion. LBJ at least agonized over Vietnam apparently. Author's claim of not partisan is laughable.
Doug
Interesting idea, well written, and gives a good overview of the deception and illegality of the war with Iraq.
Michael Webb
Disturbing, but well written and very insightful.
Denae
I think more people should read this book. I have no idea how many have, but not enough. Vincent Bugliosi interweaves his knowledge of the law in this country and information gleaned from a variety of sources about the historical events of the Bush years with his own reactions to these events and actions. This book is in many ways difficult to read, if only because of how clearly and repeatedly he highlights the rampant atrocities of these past years, but also because of the despair I personally ...more
Keith Craig
Disclosure: I am a Bugliosi fan and a Democrat so this book would appeal to me.

The first 2/3 of the book make the case to prosecute GWB for murder. This is based on the argument that he took us to war in Iraq illegaly and under a set of deliberate lies and distortions of the facts. Since if in the act of doing something illegal someone dies you can be charged with murder Mr. Bugliosi argues GWB should be charged with the murder of the over 4,000 U.S. soldiers that have been killed. He make his a
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José
I STILL find it hard to believe that such a prosecution could be pulled off. Not because I wouldn't want to go after GWB for sending us to fight a pointless war, but because I don't know enough about the law to validate Bugliosi's legal arguments. Then again, it's Vince Bugliosi we are taking about! He put Manson in jail for the Tate-LaBianca murders even though Manson wasn't anywhere near the crime scene! The first two sections focus on the legal argument (although I would suggest that he could ...more
Keith Akers
This is a good overview of all the really, really bad stuff that Bush did. There are two weaknesses that keep my number of stars down: (1) I don't agree that 'murder' is the correct charge, and (2) book needs to be edited down for size. Goes on much, much too long.

I have to say that the key thesis, that Bush could be tried for murder, is questionable. My view is that Bush should be tried for aggressive war and war crimes a la Nuremberg. The problem with the thesis that Bush lied, people died, t
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Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder provides conclusive evidence for prosecuting George W. Bush for Murder!

Author Vincent Bugliosi outlines the legal course that can be taken to bring not only George W. Bush on charges of murder but also Carl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice!

Bugliosi provides evidence of Bush’s involvement with Al-Qaeda and 911, and evidence that Bush knew Sudan Hussein never had WMD (weapons of mass destruction).

Bugliosi provides evidence of how George W. Bush
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Scott Rhee
I wrote the following in May 2012, apparently during a very angry time in my life. Of course, election season was heating up. While my vicious tone and inappropriate language is a bit embarrassing, I still, for the most part, agree with just about everything I wrote in it. Bugliosi's book, by the way, is a compelling argument and much of my vitriol is due to his thorough research. Much of what he wrote is public knowledge now anyway. I should say that I don't hate Bush. I never have. My confusi ...more
Brandon
Bugliosi's rhetoric is annoyingly strong. Bugliosi analyzed the invasion of Iraq completely as a criminal prosecutor.

Bugliosi writes of "self-defense" as if a person were defending himself from imminent threat ... rather than as an international law concept normally debated from Article 51 of the U.N. Charter. Moreover, he needs to address the argument that the U.S. did not invade Iraq in "self-defense" but under a U.N. Security Council resolution.

I realize Bush often spoke of this invasion as
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Diane Kistner
I'm three chapters into this book, and I can only conclude with horror that George W. Bush is a complete psychopath. No, worse: A psychopath who doesn't believe the Constitution and rule of law applies to him. Here I was thinking maybe he'd have sense enough not to attack Iran and/or Syria before he gets out of office. Now I'll be really surprised if he doesn't, along about September or October.

In the first three chapters of this book, Bugliosi juxtaposes the words and behaviors of our smirking,
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Shaun
As you can obviously tell, this book is by a lawyer (a really good one at that) who builds a case on why President George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder by sending our troops to Iraq. What makes him different? After all, many presidents in the past have sent our troops to war, how come they don’t get prosecuted? Bugliosi’s case is that Bush purposely lied to get the American people involved in the war in Iraq. It’s a bold statement. Bugliosi uses Bush’s speech to Congress on October 11, ...more
John
This is one case where I'd recommend the print version over the audio - the author repeats himself in slightly different ways, so I was wishing I could have (effectively) skimmed through the book. The technical details of the process of a hypothetical prosecution of Bush were, frankly, tedious.
One of the more interesting points raised concerned why Bush got such high ratings for promising to go after Bin Laden, when a) wasn't that his job anyway? and b) he'd blown off the whole terrorism thing,
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American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and his followers for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

In his books he claimed that O.J Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald were guilty of the crimes they were accused of.

In his latest book he states that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder.

Bugliosi lived in Pasadena, CA.
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